Lil Durk, 29-year-old breakout rapper hailing from Chicago, released his latest album, 7220, in March. Since then, the album has reached #1 on the Billboard charts and many of his songs have charted on the Top 100.
Lil Durk’s Origin Story
7220 follows Lil Durk’s signature technique. It is both nostalgic and present at the same time, with Durk’s auto-tuned voice complimented by instrumental backings. The album, which receives its name from the address of the rapper’s grandmother, is his most personal. Durkio recounts his former life, where he was raised in a three bedroom home with eight people. The hip-hop prodigy speaks on his struggles, reminding his audience exactly where he came from. “Started From,” the album’s introductory track, describes his troubles. He raps, “Daddy was doin’ life, I couldn’t sit outside for him / School sports, I couldn’t really attend ’cause I couldn’t pay for ’em.”
Flipping the Switch on 7220
“AHHH HA” flips the switch on 7220. The track peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hip Hop Charts, and peaked in the top 20 on the Hot 100. Lil Durk, true to his discography, raps his inner thoughts. “AHHH HA” is an introspective look into the conflicts of fame and “rap beef.” His flow is something to behold on the track, with lyrical intensity and fiery melodies. “AHHH HA” is both reminiscent of his previous music and something different entirely.
Lil Durk and Future Collaborate
It’s no secret that Lil Durk excels at collaborations. “Petty Too” featuring Future is a prime example of this, as the pair unite for a top 10 track on Apple’s USA Top 100. Future and Lil Durk confess – through a rather colorful vocabulary – of their own toxicity. But of course, such qualities come with the fame and money. Future says it best when he raps, “Cutting off my partner, was thinkin’ trappin’ wasn’t no hobby / Drop you off the label, you ain’t ready to catch a body.”
A Fan Favorite
“No Interviews,” a fan-favorite on 7220, is a display of Durk‘s lyrical mastery. He raps, cloaked in his signature auto-tune, about the deceit and rumors of fame. He explains, “I don’t talk about what we talk about, I don’t want everybody in my business/ I done told the truth about bro and them, now everybody in they feelings.” Accompanied by an intoxicating hook, it’s no wonder “No Interviews” is currently charting on the Billboard Hot 100 as well.
It seems Lil Durk has cracked the code on 7220, as he stays consistent in his voice and style but becomes even more introspective in his lyrics. The album cements Durk’s status as a hip-hop giant, and we believe he can only get better from here.